HAVERFORD, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's soccer team took a 1-0 lead into halftime but ultimately fell short to Haverford by a close 2-1 score on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action.
The loss dropped the Diplomats to 5-7, 0-4 CC on the year while the Fords improved to 8-2-1, 3-1 CC.
In the 35th minute of a scoreless contest, a well-placed Sarah Mischianti corner made its way into the middle of the box and found the foot of Sabrina Graziano, who tallied her first career goal with a shot to the bottom left of the net.
Despite trailing by an 11-3 tally in shots during the opening 45 minutes of action, F&M held Haverford scoreless in the first stanza and carried a 1-0 lead into the break.
The lead held until the 77th minute of the contest when the Fords finally got on the board after Kristen Fiore found Leanne Ludwick for a close-range shot inside the box.
Just three minutes later, Haverford went ahead by a 2-1 score when Grace Mathis lit the scoreboard with a header off a corner opportunity. F&M's Emily O'Hara nearly evened the game in the 82nd minute, but her chance on net careened off the crossbar as the Fords held on for the win.
The shot count favored Haverford by a 23-6 margin, while corners were closer at 8-5 for the Fords. Nicole Savidge (4-5) was tested throughout and recorded an astounding 13 saves on the day. Kathy Prescott (8-2-1) earned the win for the Fords after picking up one save.
Reanna Leoni led the offense with two shots with four Diplomats tallying one each.
F&M will look to get back on track Thursday at home, facing off against McDaniel at 7:00 p.m.